What first comes to mind when you think ‘Wedding Entertainment’?
For most it would be Band or DJ after all these are the sources that are mostly relied upon to offer great entertainment at a Wedding. When discussing weddings common topics are ‘were the band good’ or ‘we danced all night, the DJ was fantastic! The band made the night ect ect… and that goes to show that yes, the evening entertainment is a very important element of the wedding. I’m going to discuss some of my key tips for choosing your wedding entertainment…….
That brings me onto the next question, how do you choose between a band or DJ? I would strongly suggest that if you are considering a band you get yourself along to a couple of band show case evenings. These are the perfect opportunity to sample many different style of bands and of course a great excuse a few extra cheeky little date nights. Band showcase events are commonly held in wedding venues and details of the events can be found through the ‘What’s On’ networks, wedding forums and Scottish Wedding listings, to mention a few. Occasionally the band & band agency themselves. Will advertise each showcase. However, like all events, band show case events will be on hold for now, however I am sure we will have events like these up and running in no time. 29 Glasgow will have a few in the pipeline when they open their doors again; keep an eye on their social pages over the next few months for updates. In the meantime, get yourself onto each band’s own social pages for live demos and information. I am sure some of these will have you toe tapping and singing along from the comfort of your own home.
#Thinking of Your Guests
More now than ever wedding entertainment does not just consist of your band or DJ, there can sometimes be a whole host of entertainment before reaching that point in the evening. Your guests will be enjoying canapes and cocktails in between the ceremony and meal, so why not entertain them with a singer, magician or double act? During the meal there is a trend for magicians to table jump and entertain guests as they tuck into dessert. Entertaining your guests with good entertainment will be worth the extra cost. You wouldn’t want your guests to be bored would you?
Here is an array of popular choices to keep your guests entertained:
The entertainment can start as early as pre ceremony. Whether that is with your guests being greeted with the fantastic sound of the bagpipes blasting as they arrive at your venue or the soothing sound of that beautiful string quartet playing in the venue arrival room.
From there the next decider on entertainment is ceremony music. Have you got a track you have always wanted to walk down the aisle too? Or a quirky blast of ‘sign, sealed, delivered playing as you sign your register…. yes, very fitting! Next up is the exit from the ceremony as a newly married couple? What would you choose? And who would you choose to play it? A pianist, a singer, string quartet or simply your venues sound system? Whichever you choose, I can bet deciding on the song or piece of music will prove trickier than you had anticipated…
If you do decide on live music for your ceremony, your musician will normally offer a package which includes continuing into your drink’s reception. Many venues offer a lovely setting for this part of the day and this coupled with the beautiful musical entertainment really sets the tone for a perfect afternoon.
#The Perfect Drink’s Reception
A few venues springing to mind with the perfect post ceremony drink reception areas include 29 Glasgow with their stylish marquee and roof top terrace with its Manhattan vibes, The Seamill Hydro with its beach setting or Boclair House and its stunning grounds.
You will notice that all of the entertainment I have mentioned so far includes music; however, wedding entertainment comes in many different forms including magicians, caricaturist and even an oyster man serving his delicious oysters from a serving tray attached to him by a belt. (This is a lovely addition to your drink’s reception) Something for the little guests, cute little tepees are a new firm favourite, giant games, a kid’s corner with activity packs and much more….
#Something New & Different
Why not think about something new and different? Something you don’t often see at a wedding and something your friends will most definitely not have heard or seen before. How about a saxophonist playing a mix of blues, jazz or a “power hour” of 90s classic dance tunes with your DJ? Your guests will sure to be up on their feet and filling the dancefloor.
Whatever ideas you have or decisions you make, Conifer Events can help you along the way. Looking for the best band showcase to attend? Demo videos or live performances? Or a little help in recommendations? Remember we have a huge selection of suppliers and can recommend a number of fabulous entertainers.
Weddings are fantastic occasions filled with joy and happiness and now it seems with a little entertainment too….!
For advice or costs on any of our entertainment options, please get in touch and I will happily organise a skype or WhatsApp call with you.
Love Louize x